In response to Tom Cordier's letter regarding GAPS math performance (Mailbag, Nov. 30), I think a good plan would be for Mr Cordier to spend five days volunteering in our city's most challenging elementary schools.

This is not a slight to his point, as it is true: those scores need to come up. But having heard from friends what it is like to teach in a GAPS school today, I think Mr. Cordier should experience it for himself. Jennifer Moody could document his experiences. The lack of discipline that many parents send their children to school with, and the sue-happy lawyers that prevent districts from disciplining children effectively, is ridiculous and goes a long way in explaining why math scores are what they are.

Jeremy Bloomfeldt

Albany (Dec. 2)

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